35 NIGHT CARIBBEAN & USA CRUISE: Oceana Cruise Review by Robert Fairfield

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Robert Fairfield

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Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Southampton
We read a number of reviews about our chosen P&O Cruise ship the Oceana some were bad some were good. As we had been on a P&O Cruise on the Ventura a few years previous we thought the standards would be good no matter what P&O ship we cruised on,we were not to be disappointed we loved the cruise and the ship although not everything was as it should be.

The ship was in good condition and not tatty as we had read in some reviews there was on going work and maintenance but it is a working ship. When ever we docked the painting crew were out as soon as we docked,one of the annoying things when we were at sea was the constant hammering from the deck crew as they knocked the paint of the upper decks when we were around the pool,allot of people were complaining including myself after many complaints the hammering stopped only to be continued when we docked.

The food was superb,the table waiters were excellent especially James and Ashvin who waited on our table 109 in the More Adriatic Restaurant there knowledge of the menu and the food they served was second to none.We used the self service Restaurant on the top deck for Breakfast and Lunch once again the food was excellent and very fresh although we did have problems at the busiest times with waiting for some items of food and crockery they could not keep up with the demand at times.

The daily entertainment during the day was fairly good the talks by guest speakers was very good especially the MI5 speaker Keith Appleyard gave 10 talks about his time with the UK security and intelligence departments throughout the world.

The evening entertainment when it happened was very good although it was a bit thin on the ground, classic pianists and violinists were not on top of my list of entertainment but the pub The Yacht and Compass was a very good venue in the evening.

Our cabin D328 had a restricted view but had plenty of natural light coming in, the beds were very comfortable,the rest of the facilities in the cabin were very good with tea and coffee making facilities available with very tasty biscuits, these were replaced several times a day.We did have to complain about the noise coming from the Room Service Kitchen directly above our Cabin on a few nights it sounded like the staff were throwing steel trays around the kitchen and at midnight we were not very pleased.So beware if you get a Cabin around this area.

As this Cruise was in January and part of February most Children had gone back to School and also it was a Portunus Club Cruise of 35 days so we did not have many young Children on Board, the average age on our Cruise was 69 Years we also had a great many people in there 70s and 80s who had electric wheel chairs and they did not really care if they clipped your heels if you dared to get in there way,i had several bruises about my person at the end of the cruise,but on the whole we all tolerated each other and we met some very nice people,some not so nice but it takes all sorts.

The pool area was well used and there were plenty of sun beds on all the decks for everyone so no one did without somewhere to sunbathe.The weather on the Transatlantic crossing was very hot from the day before we docked at Madeira and all the way to our first Caribbean port of call at St Lucia and continued for the rest of our trip from there on until we left the USA on our homeward journey.

While we were on the Cruise the OCEANA celebrated her 12th Birthday,considering
her age she is in excellent condition and i would recommend anyone to Cruise on this ship. Less

Published 03/31/12
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Cabin review: LAD328 Large Outside Stateroom with Shower

Our Cabin D328 was a parcialy obstuctive view but the view was not obstructed to much by the life boat.The Room Service Kitchen was directly above our cabin so on some occations we had a bit of unwelcome noise late at night,we did complain and for the rest of the cruise we had no noise.The Fridge did not chill very well as we had medication that needed to be kept chilled we reported this to our Cabin Steward (Jason) but if the fridge was empty it did not chill very well,so we bought several small tins of soft drinks and it seemed to make the Fridge much colder.The cabin was very comfortable ,the beds were very soft and comfortable,the wardrobe was big enough for our 5 week Cruise, all in all very good.

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It is our first ever visit to the Caribbean,and what an introduction to the Caribbean ,St Lucia is a beautiful island,we went on a land and sea tour of the island. The morning was spent on a tour of some of the islands fishing villages and i expected to see local island crafts for sale but i was a bit disappointed as the only thing for sale was the usual t-shirts and brightly coloured Caribbean Shirts the usual things for sale all over the islands we visited. In the afternoon we went on a catamaran tour of the island we visited some beautiful bays and inlets around the island one bay we visited we had a stop for about an hour for a swim, local islanders surrounded our catamaran selling coconuts,conch shells and all manner of local goods, it was a great way to finish our day on the island,we then sailed to our ship,we moored along side of the dock with only a short walk to board the ship.A truly great day out.
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We decided tour go solo today and we went to the beach for the day.We took a Taxi to Cane Garden Beach,the Taxis are small mini buses that hold about 16 people,they run from the quay side to the other side of the island which is only about 3 miles wide to the beach its only about 10 US Dollars each for the Taxi one way,the beach sun beds are also 10 US Dollars for each sun bed and 3 Dollars for a parasol so not too much for a full day on the beach,just behind us on the beach was a bar selling a ice bucket of 5 beers for just 12 Dollars,a bargain we thought.The Beach was the most beautiful place i have ever seen we thought we were in paradise
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